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Boat to Rabbit and Monkey islands (no longer in service)
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Koi-nobori carp streamers over Sagami River. Also see the video at YouTube.
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Daruma closeup
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Daruma dolls can never be knocked over since they always stand upright.
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Air Nippon YS-11 propeller plane. Donated by All Nippon Airways in 1997.
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Destination: Waseda
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Front of YS-11 propeller plane.
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Toden streetcar leaving Oji Station
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Nissan Pivo with swivel topElectric car with a top that swivels 360˚ so you can drive forward or back without turning the car around. Seats three people. The driver sits in the middle.

I waved to her, and she waved back...
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Honda Sports 4 ConceptI like this picture.
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Suzuki LC. LC stands for Life Creator. These girls were dancing and hopping around the car before they settled down and posed.
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Subaru 360 (from 1958). Nicknamed "Ladybug."
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Honda S600 (1964)The Event Hall had displays of nostalgic cars from the 1950s to the 1990s. This Honda was from 1964.
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Toyota Corolla (1967)The Event Hall had displays of nostalgic cars from the 1950s to the 1990s.
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Daihatsu BEE (1951)The Event Hall had displays of nostalgic cars from the 1950s to the 1990s. Three wheels.
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Yamaha Gen-Ryu motorcycle
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Petite robot
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He dances too.
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Humanoid hand of ASIMO.
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Shin-Iwakuni Station
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Robot dog
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Dental students can practice on this robot which will say "ouch" if you do something wrong. If your elbow accidentally touches the robot's breast, it will also yelp. Also see my video
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The Gun turret was a part of the main gunnery system of Battleship Mutsu and was transferred to Imperial Naval Academy for use as a study aide in 1935.
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One of the five midget submarines used in the Pearl Harbor attack. On display at the Naval History Museum on Etajima island, Hiroshima.
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They eventually found all five subs (the fifth one was finally found in 2009) used at Pearl Harbor. Two of them are on display. One of them is here and the other is at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.
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Giant Gundam with eyes aglow at Shizuoka Hobby Fair 2010-2011.
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He turns his head back.
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Electrical appliances from the 1950s-70s.
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Kami-shibai storyteller
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Even the trains have a ninja (female) paint job.
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Ninja paint job on a train.
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What would a ninja museum be without a display of shuriken?
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Blue Impulse jet
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More photos of the Blue Impulse later on below.
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Blue Impulse Kawasaki T-4
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Japan's largest round mailbox in Kodaira, Tokyo is 2.8 meters tall and weighs 1.5 tons (without mail). Tokyo's 23 wards has only 5 of these old, round mailboxes in use.
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You don't have to reach here to put in your mail.
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Stairway with cups.
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100 series shinkansen, 2nd generation with the slit headlights and pointy look.
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Red pay phone was very common in Japan, now virtually extinct.
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Kasuga Taisha Shrine is also noted for many bronze hanging lanterns.
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The scale model of the battleship is 26.3 meters long. It has been reconstructed as accurately as possible based on photographs and exploration of the wreck.
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Battleship Yamato has an Imperial chrysanthemum crest on the bow. This was one of the things which helped to identify the wreck on the sea bottom.
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The JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) Kure Museum is mainly a submarine museum whose main attraction is the decommissioned Japanese sub called Akishio. The museum is conveniently right across the street from the Yamato Museum.
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The former Akishio submarine just stands out and can be seen from boats approaching Kure Port. Very impressive to be seen on land amid small cars passing by. The museum is a short walk from JR Kure Station.
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The exterior livery of the newest Ginza Line subway cars is based on this first subway car.
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Marunouchi Line subway car
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JR–Maglev MLX01-1
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Class 955 "300X" experimental Shinkansen
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Nozomi 700 Series Shinkansen. "Duckbill" design.
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100 Series Shinkansen (2nd generation). I call this the "Slit-eye" model.
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The classic and iconic "Bullet Train." The original shinkansen model that debut in 1964, the 0 Series Shinkansen (1st generation). Classic and iconic design.
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One unique thing about the 100 Series Shinkansen was this two-story car with a restaurant on the upper level.
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Tokkyu Limited Express train, 381 series
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Japanese Government railway's first bus.
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Momotaro Peach Boy on a mailbox.
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"Sorry, not in service." What a polite bus in Okayama! Even in Japanese, it actually apologizes for not being in service. Also notice the cat ears on the roof, the painted whiskers, and the nickname "Tama Bus."Nicknamed after a stray cat named Nitama that was found in Okayama and adopted as the stationmaster of Idakiso Station in Wakayama. The original and nationally famous cat stationmaster named Tama at Kishi Station on the same train line died earlier this year. So Nitama took over. So happens that the train line's parent co. is the same as this bus company's based in Okayama.
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Tohoku shinkansen, 200 Series Shinkansen
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Tohoku shinkansen's snow sweeper.
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All shinkansen stations had platform chairs having the same color theme of blue and cream.
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Inside Class Oha 31 train car. Japan's first semi-metal train car for improved strength. Wooden interior. Notice the heater.
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TR73 series first-class car targeting foreign tourists.
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The inside of the taiko drums is covered with gold leaf for better sound.
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This decoration had little owl-shaped paper balloons. These girls are blowing air into the balloons with a straw. Sendai Tanabata.
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It's nearly impossible to define or describe an outstanding decoration, but you know it when you see it.
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Another highlight is this beautiful, classic Tobu bus from 1951. Cab-over type bus displayed at Tobu Museum in Sumida Ward, Tokyo.
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This bus was made by Nissan in 1951.
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Wooden floor.
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Classic Nissan
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Airless tires
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Honda
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Cushioned car
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Car with lips
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A few statues shows a tanuki morphed into a steel tea pot at Morinji temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture. Based on the Bunbuku Chagama folktale.
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The festival was not only about Toyota. They also had classic cars from different makers, even Nissan. 1962 Toyopet Crown
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1967 Toyopet (Toyota) Corona Hardtop 1500S
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Three-wheeler, Mazda T2000 from 1967.
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Mazda Cosmo
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Toyoda Model AA replica, Toyota's first passenger car from 1936.
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240Z (Nissan Fairlady Z), 1970.
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Lexus LFA from 2009. Toyota's first super car. Only 500 were sold.
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Toyota 2000GT from 1967. The museum is celebrating this car's 50th anniversary. So they have a few of these on display in 2017.Made famous by James Bond in "You Only Live Twice." But the film featured a custom-made convertible instead (only two convertibles were made, both for the film). Design was inspired by the Jaguar.
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Fire engine
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Daihatsu Midget Model MP5, 1963. Love these three-wheelers.
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On the lower deck, Godzilla footprints. Great idea. Pointing toward Kawasaki. Umihotaru has appeared in a Godzilla movie.
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